Sad news from one of my primary brick & mortar sources of books over the years – not to mention one of the hang-out spots of my wife and I, back when we were just friends –
PORTLAND – Books Etc. will be leaving its Old Port location at the end of June.
Owner Allan Schmid said in a written statement today that “high rent and the poor economy” prompted him to decide to vacate the storefront at 38 Exchange St. when the lease expires at the end of June. The bookstore has been at that location since 1973.
Schmid said his other Books Etc. store, on Route 1 in Falmouth, will continue to operate. He also said that he hopes to find another Portland space for a store eventually.